Seven West Media appoints new directors and WA group sales manager

Seven West Media has appointed Teresa Dyson and Michael Ziegelaar as the Board’s two non-executive and independent directors along with announcing former West Coast Eagle Beau Waters will join the company in a WA based sales role.

The directorship changes follow the retirement of Michelle Deaker, who has left to focus on her business One Ventures, which was announced at Thursday’s Annual General Meeting.

Dyson’s appointment adds to her range of roles, including director of Energy Queensland, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Board and Energy Super, while Ziegelaar is a senior partner at law firm Herbert Smith Freehills along with serving as co-head of Australian Equity Capital Markets.

Dyson is a member of a number of boards

Ziegelaar has also acted for the Federal Government on privatisations of Medibank Private and Telstra, and has worked on a wide range of restructures, mergers and acquisitions.

Ziegelaar has experience with mergers and acquisitions

Chairman of Seven West Media Kerry Stokes said he was excited to welcome two new directors.

“Teresa is a very experienced company director with strong governance and leadership skills, while Michael is one of Australia’s most sought after corporate lawyers with deep commercial experience gained through advising on many of Australia’s largest corporate transactions,” Stokes said.

“They both bring a broad range of skills to the group and I look forward to working closely with them.”

At the same time, former AFL player Beau Waters has joined Seven West Media as group sales director.

Waters joins the company most recently from Space Realty as a sales consultant.

Waters is a former AFL player, but retired in 2015

Prior to that he worked with Wesfarmers as a financial analyst specialising in mergers and acquisitions, but the majority of his career was spent as a footballer across various teams in the Australian Football League, including the West Coast Eagles, where he was vice captain.

Waters will report directly to John Driscoll, Seven West Media’s CEO in Western Australia, and will lead the combined sales teams across Channel Seven Perth, The West Australian, The Sunday Times, and perthnow, 20 regional mastheads and Redwave Radio.

“Our ability to manage the needs of our clients with one single point of contact across all SWM media assets is something we have been endeavouring to do for some time,” Driscoll said.

“Beau’s financial background and analytical mind, coupled with his clear change management and team building abilities provides the perfect combination for success in this role.”


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